The Very Picture of You

Author: Isabel Wolff
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0440423449
Format: PDF
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Where the eye sees the brushstroke, the heart sees the truth. At thirty-five, Gabriella “Ella” Graham is a successful portrait artist in London. She captures the essential truth in each of her subjects’ faces—a tilt of the chin, a glint in the eye—and immortalizes it on canvas. But closer to home, Ella finds the truth more elusive. Her father abandoned the family when she was five, and her mother has remained silent on the subject ever since. Ella’s sister, Chloe, is engaged to Nate, an American working in London, but Ella suspects that he may not be so committed. Then, at Chloe’s behest, Ella agrees to paint Nate’s portrait. From session to session, Ella begins to see Nate in a different light, which gives rise to conflicted feelings. In fact, through the various people she paints—including an elderly client reflecting on her life and a woman dreading the prospect of turning forty—Ella realizes that there is so much more to a person’s life than what is seen on the surface. And as her portraits of Nate and the others progress, they begin to reveal less about their subjects than about the artist herself. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.

Pictures of You

Author: Caroline Leavitt
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1565126319
Format: PDF, Kindle
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After Isabelle accidentally kills April in a highway collision, Isabella must pick up the pieces of her own life and, with the help of April's husband and son, figure out where April was running to.

Picture This

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Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452154228
Format: PDF
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Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas—about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story—remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? First published in 1991, Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.

Shadows Over Paradise

Author: Isabel Wolff
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0345533178
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For readers of Kate Morton and Jamie Ford comes a captivating novel of two very different women, struggling to come to terms with the ghosts from their past—by the internationally bestselling author of A Vintage Affair and The Very Picture of You Sometimes the only way forward is through the past. Jenni Clark is a ghostwriter. She loves to immerse herself in other people’s stories—a respite from her own life, and from a relationship that appears to be nearing its end. Jenni’s latest assignment takes her to a coastal hamlet in England, where she’s agreed to pen the memoir of an elderly farm owner named Klara. Jenni assumes the project will be easy: a quiet, ordinary tale of a life well lived. But Klara’s story is far from quiet. She recounts the tale of a family torn apart by World War II, and of disgraceful acts committed against a community in the Japanese prison camps on the Pacific island paradise of Java. As harrowing details emerge and stunning truths come to light, Jenni is compelled to confront a secret she’s spent a lifetime burying. Weaving together the lives of two very different women, Isabel Wolff has created a captivating novel of love, loss, and hope that reaches across generations. Praise for Shadows Over Paradise “An excellent choice for fans of Sarah Jio and Kate Morton.”—Booklist “Shifting focus from the present to the past with ease, this novel brings to the page the reality of the horrors of the Japanese-run internment camps in vivid and gory detail. Wolff’s latest will please fans of women’s stories that include a realistic depiction of life during wartime and the ability to overcome adversity.”—Library Journal “Beautifully written . . . an outstanding book club selection . . . If you liked Jamie Ford’s novels [then] you’ll like Shadows Over Paradise.”—Huntington News Praise for Isabel Wolff “With a wide cast of realistic, wonderfully drawn characters, a deft blending of the past with the present, and a seemingly effortless managing of several plots at once, this charming novel . . . deserves a place in all popular fiction collections.”—Library Journal (starred review), on A Vintage Affair “Captivating, seductive . . . This novel reflects how beauty exists in all facets of life, especially in people.”—RT Book Reviews, on The Very Picture of You From the Trade Paperback edition.

Very Picture Of You

Author: Isabel Wolff
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 1443408360
Format: PDF, Docs
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Ella Graham is an artist whose career is on the rise. But when her younger sister, Chloe, asks her to paint her fiancé, Nate, Ella is dismayed—she distrusts Nate, and painting him is the last thing she’d like to do. But in the studio, Ella sees Nate in a different light. As her latest portrait subjects—a charming older woman with a wartime secret, a handsome politician and a privileged Frenchwoman—take her into their confidence, Ella realizes that there is much more to a person’s life than what can be seen on the surface.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author: Eric Carle
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1524739553
Format: PDF, ePub
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The all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life? For the first time, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is now available in e-book format, perfect for storytime anywhere. As an added bonus, it includes read-aloud audio of Eric Carle reading his classic story. This fine audio production pairs perfectly with the classic story, and it makes for a fantastic new way to encounter this famous, famished caterpillar.

Love You Forever

Author: Robert N. Munsch
Publisher: Firefly Books
ISBN: 9780920668375
Format: PDF, Mobi
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As her son grows up from little boy to adult man, a mother secretly rocks him each night as he sleeps.

The Book with No Pictures

Author: B. J. Novak
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698176758
Format: PDF
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A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian. You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF. Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY. Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author: Brian Selznick
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 1407166573
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and her grandfather, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

A Vintage Affair

Author: Isabel Wolff
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553907700
Format: PDF, ePub
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Every dress has a history. And so does every woman. BONUS: This edition contains an A Vintage Affair discussion guide and an excerpt from Isabel Wolff's The Very Picture of You. Phoebe Swift’s friends are stunned when she abruptly leaves a plum job to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream, and her passion. Digging for finds in attics and wardrobes, Phoebe knows that when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you’re not just buying fabric and thread—you’re buying a piece of someone’s past. But one particular article of clothing will soon unexpectedly change her life. Thérèse Bell, an elderly Frenchwoman, has an impressive clothing collection. But among the array of elegant suits and couture gowns, Phoebe finds a child’s sky-blue coat—an item with which Mrs. Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part. As the two women become friends, Phoebe will learn the poignant tale of that little blue coat. And she will discover an astonishing connection between herself and Thérèse Bell—one that will help her heal the pain of her own past and allow her to love again. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com